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Parkgate Carnival 2018 - Even Bigger, Better and Hotter!

Published: 9th July 2018 12:07

Northern Lights Charity aimed for an even bigger and better Carnival and that was achieved with bells on!

With favourites like Batala Mersey, local bands and performers on two stages plus field acrobatics, over 90 stalls in attendance and activities galore, the community were spoilt for choice. Music ranged from Brazilian drums, sea shanties, rock bands, duos and choirs to name a few.

Parkgate Carnival 2018Batala Mersey opened the show in colourful fashion.

Stalls had every craft you can think of and a fantastic range of artisan foods. Others offered lifestyle opportunities from Life Coaching to crafting.

Neston Cricket ground was packed with 7,656 people soaking up the atmosphere; they sang, danced, clapped, laughed, chilled, cheered, ate and shopped in glorious sunshine.

The Mayor of Neston Pat Kynaston crowned the Carnival King and Queen; Ethan Holroyd and Charlotte Rowland together with their attendants Keira Dermott and Jamie Slemmen from Woodfall Primary School.

Parkgate Carnival 2018(l-r) Jamie Slemmen, 'King' Ethan Holroyd, Mayor of Neston Cllr Pat Kynaston, 'Queen' Charlotte Rowland' and Kiera Dermott.

She later awarded prizes to Arts and Crafts competition winners; Amber Vincent, Lynne Johnson, Katherine Robinson and commended artists Amy Varnham, Sienna Vincent and Darrah Jones-Reddy.

Winning entry by Amber Vincent Age 10Winning entry by Amber Vincent Age 10: "Children in Santa's sleigh having hot chocolate and waving to bystanders watching the Northern Lights!"

Karen Jones, chair of Northern Lights, said: "We're delighted to celebrate once again with our community, we are always overwhelmed with the support of local businesses in sponsoring the event, particularly Rightway our overall sponsors, the public, 80 volunteers, our committee, the Mayor, the staff at the Neston Cricket Club and so many other people who never fail to make our events so special.

"We hope everyone had a fantastic day and we sincerely thank everyone for their support."

All funds raised will go towards taking children with life limiting illnesses to Lapland. Click here to receive Northern Light's news and see how funds go to "Making Today's Dreams Tomorrow's Destination".

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Photos also appear on our mobile app, Neston Life.  If you have any photos you would like us to add, please do send them through by email.

Parkgate Carnival 2018Aerial Acrobatics from JD Aerial Fitness Academy in the Sports Village. Photo by Bernard Rose

Parkgate Carnival 2018Photo by Bernard Rose

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018That's one very long assault course....

Parkgate Carnival 2018Made it!

Parkgate Carnival 2018Bomber Command - a novel approach to fundraising, courtesy of Neston Air Cadets.

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018Photo by Helen Johnson

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018Photo by Bernard Rose

Parkgate Carnival 2018Photo by Helen Johnson

Parkgate Carnival 2018Photo by Tracy Byron

Parkgate Carnival 2018Photo by Claire Porter

Parkgate Carnival 2018The Prosecco Bar was sponsored by Neston's My Gift Place

Parkgate Carnival 2018Nice day for a bit of bungee-ing.

Parkgate Carnival 2018Racing cars is a serious business!

Parkgate Carnival 2018Cheeky by name...

Parkgate Carnival 2018Dee Sign Choir

Parkgate Carnival 2018The Food Fair, sponsored by Sanderson Vets, proved particularly popular.

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018Plenty of tasty food was on offer, including this Goat Curry with Rice & Peas. Photo by Sam Abel

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018Photo by Helen Johnson

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018Rock Choir performing in the entertainment area.

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018Twigtwisters teaching willow weaving in the Lifestyle Hub

The following photos of the Neston Falcons were contributed by Louise:

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

The next three, of Northern Lights volunteers, are courtesy of Ian Chantler:

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Parkgate Carnival 2018

Northern Lights' next big fundraiser is their annual Charity Ball, on Saturday 1st December at Thornton Hall Hotel.  3 course meal, live music from Superfly, disco by Dave Bladen, Charity Auction and Bottle Raffle.  Tickets £45 each, please contact Karen Jones MBE on 0151 336 2515 or email info@northernlightscharity.org.uk.

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